Hives, or urticaria, is the name given for an outbreak of pale bumps or wheals on the skin. They can often appear as a reaction to numerous stimuli, including allergies, sun exposure or medications. Many natural foods are known to trigger hives in many people. If you suffer from outbreaks of hives, Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides hives treatment to help you control this condition.
Frequent outbreaks, or outbreaks that last for more than six weeks, are considered chronic hives and are likely due to an underlying condition. Short-term hives occur suddenly and disappear within a few weeks. Acute hives can change into chronic hives. The same stimuli can cause acute (short-term) hives or chronic hives; researchers have not determined why your hives are acute or chronic.
Acute or chronic hives do not put you at a significant health risk; however, severe reactions may be accompanied by hives. If your outbreak is accompanied by trouble breathing, dizziness or swelling of the eyelids, lips or tongue, seek medical attention immediately.
Get Your Hives Under Control
Dr. Susan Spitzler, Dr. Emma Murad and our skilled medical team at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta can help you get control of hives, so they do not control you. We begin by reviewing your medical history, lifestyle habits, diet, medications and the characteristics of your hives outbreaks, including their location and duration. Our team seeks to locate triggers that may cause your outbreaks so you can make necessary adjustments to avoid them.
We also provide treatment to alleviate the pain or itching that comes with an outbreak. Many over-the-counter antihistamines can help, but some require a prescription-strength medication to find relief. Some corticosteroids can help with inflammation or swelling. At times, an immune-suppressing medication is recommended. Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad will recommend the best treatment options for your specific case.
With effective treatment, you can control hives outbreaks and even reduce their occurrence. Contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta today to schedule an exam and consultation if you suffer from occasional or frequent outbreaks of hives in or around Atlanta.